Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Pygmy Owl at Segersang; 8th Febuary 2015

An afternoon trip to Segersang with Bob roberts today in order to await dusk and hopefully a Pygmy Owl. We arrived at the site around 15.30 and waited, notching up a couple of Wren, a Robin and a couple of juvenile White tailed Eagle as we did. We were there for almost two hours before the darkness began to fall and we were getting a little concerned that a no show was on the cards. Suddenly at 17.20 the bird appeared nearby at the top of a spruce tree and began calling. Initially we had fantastic views in the scope as it called constantly, glaring at up on the road and reacting angrily to a quick playback from the mobile. It dived straight off the spruce and sat right beside us in a birch for a few minutes before moving off. Pygmy Owl is a rather special bird and this was a lifer for Bob, who was rightly thrilled with the bird. A fantastic evening..

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